Hundreds of members of the United Steelworkers (USW) and other labor unions rallied at the Green Bay Labor Temple on Thursday to kick off the final days before the November 2012 elections. At a special get out the vote rally International USW President Leo Gerard, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, 8th Congressional District candidate Jamie Wall, state Sen. Dave Hansen and assembly candidate Jeff McCabe fired up the crowd.
Wisconsin workers have a clear choice between Barack Obama who will build a better future for working families and Mitt Romney, who would tear down the middle-class. Our energized volunteers will be the deciding factor on Tuesday because our members realize that creating jobs and helping those who have lost their jobs are defining issues for all Wisconsin working families.
“It’s time to out get of our seats and into the streets,” said Mike Bolton, USW District 2 Director. “Don’t let someone else pick up the slack. Just because your friend is out there knocking doors doesn’t mean you can rest. Let’s pull together, let’s hit the streets and let’s win this election.”
“Mitt Romney can’t relate to us,” explained USW President Leo Gerard. “He hasn’t lived our life, he doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle, he hasn’t had to worry about not having a job next Friday or how he is going to pay for his kids’ college.”
This massive get out the vote push is part of Labor 2012, a grassroots effort through which union members and community activists talk with Wisconsin voters about the upcoming election. The program is reaching tens of thousands of Wisconsin workers via labor walks, phone banks and worksite leaflets on the final weekend before Election Day.